Microsoft has been refused permission to appeal its case against Lindows. The verdict means that the case will go before the district courts in Seattle in the second half of this year. The case should last about two weeks.

Microsoft is taking Lindows to court in several countries claiming the Linux company is infringing its trademarks. Lindows changed its name to Lin---s but Microsoft lawyers claimed this was pronounced "Lindash", which "bears an auditive resemblance to Windows."

Read more: [URL=http://www.theregister.co.uk/2004/05/24/microsoft_lindows/]The Register[/URL].